The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF) was formed in 1991 to anticipate, seek out and resolve threats to the water quality in the Wawasee area watershed. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting education, encouraging best management practices to reduce erosion and acquiring wetlands and endangered shoreline areas. Now in our 27th year, our efforts have resulted in the acquisition and protection of over 10 miles of shoreline and 51 wetland areas totaling over 900 acres.

Wawasee Area Watershed
WACF Protected Properties are outlined in green

Wawasee Area Watershed Projects – Interactive Map


View the Watershed Boundary Map

Johnson Bay East Preserve

WACF’s newest acquisition (January 2018) is Johnson Bay East Preserve which neighbors the Johnson Bay wetlands and the B&O Railroad to the north and Johnson Bay wetlands to the west. This special 41 acre preserve once provided the outflow of Dillon Creek into the Johnson Bay/Wawasee wetlands and headwaters.

Lake Line Magazine Article

Our WACF Executive Director, Heather Harwood, has written an interesting and informative article on preserving water quality that was recently published in the Fall 2017 issue of LakeLine Magazine. You may read it here.

Between the Lakes Progress

Master PlanDan Ernst of Earth Source, Inc. Landscape Architects is working with WACF director Sam Leman to create a master plan for the WACF Between the Lakes property (across from the Channel Marker). At the WACF annual meeting on July 29, 2017, Mr. Ernst gave a short presentation previewing the plan.

Video taken by Deb Patterson of Ink Free News.